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Following a backlash, Hunt went on BBC radio Wednesday morning to say he's "really, really sorry" for offending people but that he was just telling it like it is.
"I did mean the part about having trouble with girls," he said. "I have fallen in love with people in the lab and people in the lab have fallen in love with me and it's very disruptive to the science."
"I have fallen in love with people in the lab and people in the lab have fallen in love with me and it's very disruptive to the science."
originally posted by: zazzafrazz
Maybe he fell for someone, came on to her, she rejected him, he made her life a living hell and she cried...
This guy is a silly dill
originally posted by: CJCrawley
Please, I'm not for a second suggesting you are guilty of bigotry...heaven forfend, I get accused of that enough myself. I would strongly defend anyone's right to their views on a site like this, however eccentric they may be.
I'm really speaking more to the fact that our society has become so sensitive to even the slightest perceived (and I can't stress that enough) infraction of the PC sphere, that it's starting to be so you can't say anything without someone dismissing you in your entirety based on that single infraction.
“I stood up and went mad,” he admits. “I was very nervous and a bit confused but, yes, I made those remarks – which were inexcusable – but I made them in a totally jocular, ironic way. There was some polite applause and that was it, I thought. I thought everything was OK. No one accused me of being a sexist pig.”
Collins clutches her head as Hunt talks. “It was an unbelievably stupid thing to say,” she says. “You can see why it could be taken as offensive if you didn’t know Tim. But really it was just part of his upbringing. He went to a single-sex school in the 1960s. Nevertheless he is not sexist. I am a feminist, and I would not have put up with him if he were sexist.”
By the end of the week, however, several female scientists and commentators had written or come forward to defend Hunt, including plant biologist Professor Ottoline Leyser, of Cambridge University and a fellow FRS.
“Tim taught me as an undergraduate and I have known him for years,” she told the Observer. “It is quite clear to me that he is not a sexist in any way. I don’t know why he said those silly things, but the way his remarks have been taken up implies that women in science are having a horrible time. That is not the case. I, for one, am having a wonderful time.”